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Fresh ideas to make the most of the season

It’s Amaryllis Time
Natural arrangements
that feature this winterblooming bulb are
simple yet striking.


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5 Branches in Bloom

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6 Thinner Dinners

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9 Sheet Pan Dinner

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See how to force
amaryllis bulbs!

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inal months of winter, consider the
elegant amaryllis (Hippeastrum spp.).
This tropical bulb—a popular indoor
bloomer in pink, red, green, white, and
multicolor—adds drama to any room or
table setting. But instead of displaying
your amaryllis in a plain plastic pot, up
its impact with a wintry arrangement.
Floral designer Karin Lidbeck-Brent
starts with bare-root bulbs, placing them
either singly or grouped tightly in plastic
pots. She tucks the pots into handmade,
naturalistic environments and watches
the plants develop and lower over the
next few months.
“You can give amaryllis a natural,
winter feeling by mixing potted bulbs
with elements you ind in the winter
landscape,” says Lidbeck-Brent, who
collects most of the ingredients for her
designs in her own backyard. She digs up
moss under her rhododendrons to cover
the soil in some arrangements and pulls
chunks of bark of fallen trees for rugged
accents. Her amaryllis displays are
striking combinations of live colorful
blooms and seasonal vegetation.

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22 Wellne$$ Plan

10 Tips for Growing Amaryllis

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For an extravagant show of lowers,
start all of your bulbs at the same time.
Or stagger plantings every two weeks,
as Lidbeck-Brent does, for continuous
blooms. Once potted, Dutch amaryllis
typically produce lowers in eight to
12 weeks, while South African Hippeastrum
strains bloom in four to six weeks.
To cut stems for use in a vase, wait
until the irst bloom on the stalk begins to
open, and make an even cut at its base.
Every ive days or so, change the water.
Cut lowers can last up to two weeks.

conditions. If you live in a climate where outside
temperatures never drop below 10ºF, you
can plant bulbs in a sunny spot outdoors.
2. After purchasing and before planting,
store bulbs at 45–54ºF with humidity around
65 percent for supple, vigorous roots.

3. When growing indoors, plant amaryllis
bulbs from October through January.
4. You can stimulate quicker sprouting
with bottom heat from a growing mat
or heating pad. Sprouting typically
occurs in two to eight weeks.

5. For best height, color, and root

growth, keep pots in direct sunlight at
room temperature. The warmer the
room, the quicker the bulb will grow.

6. Choose sterile, well-draining

potting soil with a neutral pH.
7. Rotate amaryllis pots to keep
lower stalks upright.
8. Set the bulbs in snug-itting pots with
about 1 inch of space between the bulb
and the side of the container, and keep
25 percent of the bulb above soil level.
Press potting soil irmly around the bulb.

9. After planting, water the soil once with

lukewarm water. Avoid watering again
until you see green growth. Too much
water too soon hinders root development
and may cause the bulb to rot.

10. When the bulb begins to grow,

provide regular moisture but do not
mist or apply overhead irrigation.

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